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Heating your shop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51 Leadsled, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. 51 Leadsled
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 951

    51 Leadsled
    from NC

    What do you guys use to heat your shops with?
  2. unclerichard
    Joined: Jun 30, 2005
    Posts: 235

    from Michigan

  3. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 4,719

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Propane. 1.79 a gallon. High of 10 today.
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  4. tudorkeith
    Joined: May 10, 2009
    Posts: 454


    I have a hang on the wall ventless propane heater and a 100# tank in the shop. just a salamander up in the garage to heat it up then a small propane heater to keep it warm plus well insulated
  5. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 885

    from Midway NC

    gas furnace and a kerosene jet blaster in our shop at work. it keeps it at a warm 50 and on a good day at 55.
  6. fordrat31
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 380

    from Palmer, MA

    Its called a hot dog heater. Works great
  7. lorodz
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 3,724


    15000 btu bullet heater great in a pop up tent..nice and toasty
  8. 50Delux
    Joined: Oct 19, 2009
    Posts: 153

    from Michigan

    The shop at the house I use a wood stove,and at work we have radiant heat tubes.
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,603


    Built a used oil burner..... Works good too skeched out to run it. Got some good coveralls.
  10. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,063


    This has been talked about before, but my future shop will have raidiant floor heat, it feels good to lay on. Right now (even in Texas) it's a bitch to work on the floor. I also want a lift, but thats another story! BTW, the Garage Journal (Yup, Ryan again) has a lot of good talk about this stuff.
  11. FalconMan
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,206

    from Minnesota

    hanging furnace that runs on natural gas. Radiant heat would be much nicer for when you need to paint.
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 167

    from Oklahoma

    dont want to steal a thread, but no sense in a new one, can I burn Jet-A fuel in my bullet forced air heater to heat my shop?
  13. hot a massive wood stove w forced air drAFT and burn wast oil in it too firepot is 350 gal barrel it heats a lot eats a lot of combustibles

    this spring I am going to a used oil heater, a friend built it out of a oil space heater and it is as good as a factory oil heater will do that when it is warmer and easier to heat, looks like the bitter colds is back to the midwest:eek:
  14. synthsis
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 1,899


    I just don't go in there during the winter.
  15. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,860

    Retro Jim

    I have a wood stove . Gave $100 for it .

  16. CayoRV
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 354


    Old Duo-Therm Oil heater. This thing is about 3 ft square and 4 1/2 ft tall. Has a sort of carburetor on the back at the bottom. Fuel goes through an adjustable float bowl and flows into the bottom of the fire pot. Light the puddle and away we go! No electric required as it is a radiant type heater. I do use a small fan to help move the heat around the shop. Works great and will burn any type of fuel that will flow through the carb. I've used kerosene, diesel fuel, fuel oil, drain oil (thinned with kerosene) and recently set it up to start on diesel and switch over to used deep fryer oil I get from a friends bar/restaraunt! He pays to have it hauled away so I'm doing him a favor by taking it and I get free heat! Makes ya hungry though cause it smells like french fries a little bit.:eek:
  17. RopeSeals???
    Joined: Jul 2, 2007
    Posts: 444


    Propane "Trash Can"
    200,000 Btu's, a little noisy, but better than freezing...
  18. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,146


    I have a regular house style oil furnace and love it.
    Garage isn't insulated yet though so the heat goes out kinda quick.
    I need one more bundle of pink insulation and then the ceiling gets insulated which should help a lot. I'll be picking that up next week.
    I'll then do the walls as I pick up a bundle here and there.
    Oil is getting too expensive to just let the heat disappear!
  19. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,846

    from trevose pa

    Torpedo 125,000 btu and then shut down and use the a big wick type kerosene heater ,I just love how Kero is more money than Gasoline ,It aint right .....
  20. :rolleyes:I just close all the doors and run the cars until it's comfy...:p
    Joined: Aug 4, 2009
    Posts: 58

    from BC, CANADA

    Mr. Heater Propane furnace $450 form Northern Tool. They also sell a natural gas version as well. Very easy to install!

  22. 1oldrat
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,883


    wood/coal stove.
  23. Ayers Garage
    Joined: Nov 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,383

    Ayers Garage

    Yes. When I was working as an A&P, every man in the hanger had his own little bullet heater. When we needed fuel for one, we just popped the lid off the closest wing and pumped jet fuel into the heater's tank.
  24. barnescole
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 138


    reddy heater, loud as hell though. and to answer the above question, you can use jet-a in mine, but it says specifically on the heater. i use diesel mostly.
  25. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 3,380


    Wood stove. "He who burns wood gets warm twice". Cutting firewood is good exercise, too.
  26. Wood, same as the house, stays toasty!
  27. Edsel_Presley
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 547


    If I had a shop, I'd heat it with a heater. Right now the closest I have is jumping in the car when the cold wind picks up too bad.
  28. 4ever18
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 389


    Electric Heatpump. A local HVAC guy was building a '57 Chevy and needed parts. I had the stuff he was needing. I did all the grunt work of the installation. He provided the units and materials. When I had everything installed, he sent one of his guys out to hook up the wires that I pulled, then charge and test the system. I had been using a Kerosene heater (expensive to use). My power bill only increased about $10 per month, plus my garage now has air conditioning (excellent during our hot, humid days).
  29. Polara Pat
    Joined: Oct 22, 2009
    Posts: 65

    Polara Pat

    After years of working on a wet frozen tarp in a low over-head carport with icy water dripping down the crack of my ass I finally built a garage this year with radiant in-floor heat and it's the best move I've ever made. I also insulated the crap out of the building since I live in the frosty North. I'm even inspired to work on annoying shitty jobs that I've been putting off for years. I highly recommend it and it's well worth the debt that I'll never pay off.


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